Training employees is a compliance issue—even if your organization is not in Quebec. In Quebec organizations are legislated to direct 1 percent of total payroll to be allocated to eligible training costs.
The Nova Scotia government website publishes information on employer convictions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. For 2012-2013, there are 9 convictions listed to date. They include fines ranging from $1,500.00 to $77,600 plus a $5,000 alternative fine:
Although all jurisdictions in Canada require workplaces to provide a first aid kit, first-aid attendant and training, many small to medium-sized businesses are still not complying with the law. Employers need to remember that many potential situations or medical emergencies can occur in the workplace that have the potential to cause injuries and fatalities.
Established in 1995, First Reference Inc. (known as La Référence in Quebec) provides Canadian organizations of any size with practical and authoritative resources to help ensure compliance.